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The Wednesday Post (2)

Posted January 9, 2019 by Rowena in Books, Features | 8 Comments

So I’ve been playing around with things that I want to do on this blog and I’ve been wanting to do a mid-week check in so that I can chat about the books that I’m reading that week. What’s working for me and what’s not but I also want to keep a running list of books that I cannot wait to get my greedy little hands on. I decided that I’m going to do a mashup of the Can’t Wait Wednesday and WWW Wednesday posts here on my blog. Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tessa over at Wishful Endings and it was based on Waiting on Wednesday that was hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme that is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Here are the books from my reading week so far.
WWW Wednesday

What did you recently finish reading?

Governess Gone Rogue (Dear Lady Truelove #3) by Laura Lee Guhrke
With my binge watch of Game of Thrones, my reading has slowed way down but I did manage to finish Governess Gone Rogue and I enjoyed it. I enjoyed getting to know both Jamie and Amanda, I loved seeing Amanda win Jamie’s sons over and I really loved seeing Jamie and Amanda fall in love. All of it was fabulous.

What are you currently reading?

Holiday Hoops (Hoops #2.5) by Kennedy Ryan
I anticipate being finished with this book by the end of the day since I’m sneak reading this at work. Haha. This is my first read for the TBR Challenge and I can’t wait to dive back in.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Right Where I Want You by Jessica Hawkins
My first buddy review book of the year with Ames is this book and I need to get it read so that we can work on our review. So yeah, this is what I plan to read next.
Can’t Wait Wednesday
The Wednesday Post (2)Somewhere Only We Know
by Maurene Goo
Published by Macmillan, Farrar Straus and Giroux on May 7, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Add It: Goodreads

10 00 p.m.: Lucky is the biggest K-pop star on the scene, and she's just performed her hit song "Heartbeat" in Hong Kong to thousands of adoring fans. She's about to debut on The Tonight Show in America, hopefully a breakout performance for her career. But right now? She's in her fancy hotel, trying to fall asleep but dying for a hamburger.

11 00 p.m.: Jack is sneaking into a fancy hotel, on assignment for his tabloid job that he keeps secret from his parents. On his way out of the hotel, he runs into a girl wearing slippers, a girl who is single-mindedly determined to find a hamburger. She looks kind of familiar. She's very cute. He's maybe curious.

12:00 a.m.: Nothing will ever be the same.

I enjoyed Maurene Goo’s last release, The Way You Make Me Feel so I’m really looking forward to more of the great writing and colorful settings that Goo brings to this book. This one sounds like another cute contemporary YA and I’m so here for it.
So, what are you reading this week? Anything good? Anything that you want to rant about? Are you looking forward to Somewhere Only We Know? What other books are you looking forward to releasing this year?

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The Monthly Recap: December 2018

Posted January 8, 2019 by Rowena in Features | 8 Comments

What I Did
December was for Christmas and then New Year’s Eve. This year, Bren, my Dad and I were on our own for Christmas so we really just lazed around and enjoyed having the house to ourselves. No cleaning up after a million people. No waiting around for everyone to leave so that you can crash. Just the three of us arguing over what we’re going to eat and binge-watching Hart of Dixie and golf. On the Sunday before Christmas, my sister Delene and I, along with our kids went to Church to watch my Dad sing in the Ward Choir and…
The choir is sitting up on stage, facing the congregation so if you’re sitting up there, the congregation can see everything you’re doing. My Dad and my friend’s Dad are probably worse than little Primary kids. They were messing around all throughout Sacrament, laughing it up, making faces and all I could do was shake my head. That freaking old man. They were making faces at the back of the speakers back and heavy sighing during the prayers and just making everyone laugh. After Sacrament, I tell him that he needs to be more reverent during Sacrament and he told me to shut up. LOL. Caiden came down for another visit to his California home and it was nice to have him around for a little bit. He only stayed for almost a week but hey, I’ll take what I can get. It’ll probably be April before we see him again and we’ll be in Utah instead of him coming to California and I am A-Okay with that. For New Year’s Eve, I stayed in and binge watched the heck out of Game of Thrones. I’m going to re-watch the entire series before it comes back on with new episodes in April. I’m back to hating Joffrey but surprisingly, I don’t hate Sansa with this viewing. I’ve hated her throughout all of my other viewings but not this one. I still don’t want her to Jon though.
Monthly Book Stats
Books Read: 6 | Books DNF’d: 0 Books I Purchased: 3 | Books I Got for Review: 1 | Books Reviewed: 10 Highest Grade: 4 out of 5 | Lowest Grade: 1 out of 5
What I Read
1. Once and for All by Sarah Dessen (eBook) | 4 out of 5 2. Mystery Man (Dream Man #1) by Kristen Ashley (eBook) | 1 out of 5 3. The One You Fight For (The Ones that Got Away #3) by Roni Loren (eARC) | 4 out of 5 4. Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills (eARC) | 4 out of 5 5. Illegally Yours (Laws of Attraction #2) by Kate Meader (eARC) | 4 out of 5
Book Boyfriends
Benito Rossi from Fireworks by Sarina Bowen Reid Campbell from My Favorite Half Night Stand by Christina Lauren Dallas Walker from Wait for It by Mariana Zapata
What I Reviewed
Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs | 5 out of 5 Ache for You by J.T. Geissinger | 1 out of 5 Fall by Kristen Callihan | 4.25 out of 5 Mornings on Main by Jodi Thomas | 3 out of 5 Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs | 4 out of 5 My Favorite Half Night Stand by Christina Lauren | 4 out of 5 Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs | 4.25 out of 5 Save the Date by Carrie Aarons | 2 out of 5 My Best Friend’s Ex by Hazel Kelly | 3 out of 5 Friends with Benefits by Hazel Kelly | 4 out of 5
What I Got
Luna and the Lie by Mariana Zapata Jock Rule by Sara Ney Hoops Holiday by Kennedy Ryan Merrily Ever After by Jenny Holiday It Takes Two by Jenny Holiday One and Only by Jenny Holiday
What I Got for Review
Three Little Words by Jenny Holiday
So how was your December? Did you get all of your end of the year reading done? Did you get anything I should add to my wishlist? Share your month in books and real life with me in the comments!

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The Weekly Recap (116)

Posted January 7, 2019 by Rowena in Books, Features | 8 Comments

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve updated this feature on the blog so I figured, it was time to get back to it. In the time since I last updated, Christmas came and went, New Years came and went and Caiden came and went. The BYU kids came home for the holidays (well after Christmas but before New Years) but they’re back at school and our days have gotten back to normal. My car was in the shop for a little bit because I needed to replace my power steering pump and hose and also my alternator and then my battery because my power steering pump was leaking directly onto my alternator and messed everything all up so I had to pay to get that fixed so my car is back and everything is a lot better. I think. I’m broke as shit but everything is fixed so thank goodness. Now, onto the books…
What I’m Currently Reading
The Weekly Recap (116)Governess Gone Rogue
by Laura Lee Guhrke
Series: Dear Lady Truelove #3
Published by Harper Collins, Avon on January 29, 2019
Genres: Historical, Romance
Point of View:Alternating Third Person
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
Add It: Goodreads
Reading Challenges:2019 GoodReads Challenge

Dear Lady Truelove...

My twin brother and I need a new mother, though Papa insists he'll never marry again. Must be nice, brainy, and fond of cats...

Lady Truelove may be London's most famous advice columnist, but James St. Clair, the Earl of Kenyon, knows his wild young sons need a tutor, not a new mother. They need a man tough enough to make his hellions tow the line, and James is determined to find one.

Miss Amanda Leighton, former schoolteacher and governess, knows she has all the qualifications to be a tutor. And while female tutors are unheard of, Amanda isn't about to lose the chance at her dream job because of pesky details like that. If Lord Kenyon insists on hiring a man, then she has only one option.

Jamie isn't sure what to make of his new employee, until he realizes the shocking truth—beneath the ill-fitting suits, his boys' tutor is a woman. An unconventional, outspoken, thoroughly intriguing woman. Despite Amanda's deception, he can't dismiss her when his boys are learning so much. Yet Jamie, too, is learning surprising lessons—about desire, seduction, and passionate second chances.

I really, really need to get a jump start on my reading for this year but I blame Game of Thrones. I’m reading this book but I’m mostly watching season 3 of Game of Thrones. I had forgotten how much rage I felt every time Joffrey was on the screen. As for the book, I’m enjoying it so far. The heroine is pretending to be a boy to be a tutor for a set of boy twins…and the back and forth between her and the hero is fun.
What I Read
The One You Fight For (The Ones that Got Away #3) by Roni Loren | 4 out of 5 Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills | 4 out of 5 Illegally Yours (Laws of Attraction #2) by Kate Meader | 4 out of 5 Playing for Keeps (Heartbreaker Bay #7) by Jill Shalvis | 4 out of 5 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne | 4 out of 5
I enjoyed all of the books that I read in the last couple of weeks. I think my favorite of the bunch though would probably be The One You Fight For by Roni Loren. It was hard to get through but I enjoyed it and I cried a lot. I thought Loren handled that romance so well. I don’t have a least favorite, not this week anyway.
Book Boyfriend
Jax Blackwood Fall by Kristen Callihan
What I Reviewed
My Favorite Half Night Stand by Christina Lauren | 4 out of 5
What I Posted
The Weekly Recap (115) Christmas Movie Round Up Can’t Wait Wednesday: The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag Book Boyfriend: Dallas Walker from Wait for It by Mariana Zapata Happy New Year! The Wednesday Post (1) My TBR Pile: January 2019 Eye Candy Friday: Jax Blackwood from Fall by Kristen Callihan
What I Got
The Deal (Off Campus #1) by Elle Kennedy (Audiobook)
What I Got for Review
Only a Breath Away by Katie McGarry
What Made Me Laugh
There you have it, my week in review. How was your week?

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My TBR Pile: January 2019

Posted January 3, 2019 by Rowena in Books, Features | 8 Comments

Every month I put a list together of the books that I either need to read for review or the books that I want to get around to reading (finally). I’m also trying to be more responsible for my Kindle Unlimited and Audible Romance Package subsriptions so I’m going to post my TBR Pile on the blog so you guys can keep me honest. Before we get to my list for next month, let’s see how I did in December.
Previous Month Stats
Books to Read: 9 Books Read: 6 Books Unread: 3 Pages Read: 2,429 | Hours Listened: 11 hours, 36 minutes Favorite TBR Book: My Favorite Half Night Stand | Least Favorite TBR Book: Ache for You, Mystery Man
I didn’t read nearly as many books as I wanted or even counted on reading in December so I’m surprised that I got a bunch of TBR reads done anyway. Go me? *shrugs* I really need to get my shit together so let’s hope January is a better reading month for me.
January’s TBR Pile
Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West Releases on February 5, 2019 Publisher: Harper Teen Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult Pages: 384 Format: eARC
Lacey Barnes has dreamt of being in a movie for as long as she can remember. However, while her dream did include working alongside the hottest actor in Hollywood, it didn’t involve having to finish up her senior year of high school at the same time she was getting her big break. Although that is nothing compared to Donavan, the straight-laced student her father hires to tutor her, who is a full-on nightmare. As Lacey struggles to juggle her burgeoning career, some on-set sabotage, and an off-screen romance with the unlikeliest of leading men, she quickly learns that sometimes the best stories happen when you go off script.
I’m going to try to get all of my February ARCs read and reviews prepped for posting sooner rather than later so this book is up first. It releases on February 5th so I’ve got some time but I’m trying to stay on top of my review pile and hope reading slumps don’t make that hard for me. The Scoundrel in Her Bed (Sins for All Season #3) by Lorraine Heath Releases on February 26, 2019 Publisher: Harper Collins, Avon Genres: Historical, Romance Pages: 400 Format: eARC
The third electrifying romance in Lorraine Heath’s USA Today bestselling Sins of all Seasons series. The bastard son of a nobleman, Finn Trewlove was a shameful secret raised by a stranger. As Finn came of age, he had secrets, too—the clandestine nights spent with an earl’s daughter. But her promise of forever ended in betrayal. Driven by a past that haunts her, Lady Lavinia Kent seeks redemption in London’s underworld, engaged in a daring cause inspired by the young man to whom she gave her innocence, and who then proved himself a scoundrel by abandoning her. When their paths cross again, they can’t deny the yearning and desire that still burns. As they discover the truth behind the deceptions that tore them apart, Finn and Lavinia must fight to reclaim what they’ve lost, no matter how dangerous—because love is worth the risk…
Another review book that I’m really looking forward to reading. It’s Finn’s book and he’s the guy that Lavinia’s secret lover!! Oh, I can’t wait to jump into this one but I need to get this book read this month so it’s on my TBR pile. Blood Kiss (Black Dagger Legacy #1) by J.R. Ward Released on December 1, 2015 Publisher: Random House, Signet Genres: Paranormal, Romance Pages: 397 Format: eBook
The legacy of the Black Dagger Brotherhood continues in a spin-off series from the #1 New York Times bestselling author… Paradise, blooded daughter of the king’s First Advisor, is ready to break free from the restrictive life of an aristocratic female. Her strategy? Join the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s training center program and learn to fight for herself, think for herself…be herself. It’s a good plan, until everything goes wrong. The schooling is unfathomably difficult, the other recruits feel more like enemies than allies, and it’s very clear that the Brother in charge, Butch O’Neal, a.k.a. the Dhestroyer, is having serious problems in his own life. And that’s before she falls in love with a fellow classmate. Craeg, a common civilian, is nothing her father would ever want for her, but everything she could ask for in a male. As an act of violence threatens to tear apart the entire program, and the erotic pull between them grows irresistible, Paradise is tested in ways she never anticipated—and left wondering whether she’s strong enough to claim her own power…on the field, and off.
Blood Kiss is my January book club pick so I’ll be reading this in the next couple of weeks so that I can be prepared for that discussion. I’m not a fan of J.R. Ward so this should be interesting. *shrugs* The Wrong Game by Kandi Steiner Releases on October 16, 2018 Publisher: Self Published, Kandi Steiner Genres: Contemporary, Romance Pages: 393 Format: eBook
From the bestselling author of A Love Letter to Whiskey and the What He Doesn’t Know Duet comes an angsty, emotional, and fun sports romance. Two season tickets. One genius idea. Zero interest in a relationship. The plan is simple: a brand new, hot, preferably funny, definitely single male will fill one of those seats for every Bears game at Soldier Field. And I’ll fill the other. I can’t think of a better way to use the season passes I’d bought for my ex-husband. I am a woman of plans, and this one’s foolproof. Until Zach Bowen offers to be my practice round. He’s infuriating. Presumptuous and overbearing. And absolutely, undeniably gorgeous. Any woman with a heartbeat would be attracted to him, and mine picks up speed every time he speaks. But as I said, I’m a woman of plans — and I’m not backing down on this one. One night. One game. And then, his time’s up. He can try to change the rules, but here’s the truth: he can’t win if he’s playing the wrong game.
The premise of this book sounds like a book that Julie James mentioned wanting to write a couple of years ago at her reader event in Culver City. I came across this blurb and wanted to read it so I’ll be reading this with my buddy Holly and we’ll be reviewing it together on our book blog, Book Binge. 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne Releases on January 29, 2019 Publisher: Harper Collins, William Morrow Paperbacks Genres: Contemporary, Romance Pages: 352 Format: eARC Source: Publisher, Edelweiss
Crush: a strong and often short-lived infatuation, particularly for someone beyond your reach… … If Darcy Barrett hadn’t met her dream man when she was eight years old, the rest of the male population wouldn’t be such a let-down. No one measures up to Tom Valeska, aka the best man on Earth, not in looks, brain or heart. Even worse is the knowledge that her twin brother Jamie saw him first, and claimed him forever as his best friend. Tom’s off limits and loyal to her brother, 99%. One percent of Tom has had to be enough for Darcy, and her adoration has been sustained by his shy kindness. And if she’s honest, his tight t-shirts. Now Darcy’s got three months left to get her life together before her twin insists on selling the tumble-down cottage they inherited from their grandmother. By night, she’s working in a seedy bar, shooting down lame pickups from bikers. By day, she’s sewing underwear for her best friend and wasting her award-winning photography skills on website shots of pens and novelty mugs. She’s enjoying living the messy life, and a glass of wine or ten… until that one night, when she finds a six-foot-six perfect package on her porch. Tom’s here, he’s bearing power tools—and he’s single for the first time in a decade. As a house flipper extraordinaire, Tom has been dispatched by Jamie to give the cottage a drastic facelift that will result in a ton of cash. Darcy doesn’t appreciate Tom’s unsentimental approach to knocking down walls, and he really, really doesn’t approve of her current burnout boyfriend. They can’t be in the same room together without sparks flying- and it’s not the faulty wiring. One bedroom wall separates them at night, and even that’s looking flimsy. Will Tom ever see Darcy as anything other than a little-sister obstacle to get around? And can she stand up to her most formidable opponent—her twin? This time around, she’s determined to make Tom Valeska 99 percent hers, and he’s never managed to say no to her yet…
I gotta get this book read so it’s going back on my TBR list for January. Let’s really do this, shall we? Fingers crossed. Governess Gone Rogue (Dear Lady Truelove #3) by Laura Lee Guhrke Releases on January 29, 2019 Publisher: Harper Collins, Avon Genres: Historical, Romance Pages: 384 Format: eARC
Dear Lady Truelove… My twin brother and I need a new mother, though Papa insists he’ll never marry again. Must be nice, brainy, and fond of cats… Lady Truelove may be London’s most famous advice columnist, but James St. Clair, the Earl of Kenyon, knows his wild young sons need a tutor, not a new mother. They need a man tough enough to make his hellions tow the line, and James is determined to find one. Miss Amanda Leighton, former schoolteacher and governess, knows she has all the qualifications to be a tutor. And while female tutors are unheard of, Amanda isn’t about to lose the chance at her dream job because of pesky details like that. If Lord Kenyon insists on hiring a man, then she has only one option. Jamie isn’t sure what to make of his new employee, until he realizes the shocking truth—beneath the ill-fitting suits, his boys’ tutor is a woman. An unconventional, outspoken, thoroughly intriguing woman. Despite Amanda’s deception, he can’t dismiss her when his boys are learning so much. Yet Jamie, too, is learning surprising lessons—about desire, seduction, and passionate second chances.
I’m really enjoying this series so I’m looking forward to this next installment. I was supposed to read this last month but I fell into the worst kind of reading slump so I didn’t get around to it. Fingers crossed for this month. I need to get my ass in gear. Right Where I Want You by Jessica Hawkins Releases on December 27, 2018 Publisher: Self Published, Jessica Hawkins Genres: Contemporary, Romance Pages: 398 Format: eBook
There’s a thin line between love and hate . . . and it cuts right through the middle of their office. Bad boys? They run right over good girls like Georgina Keller. After a confidence-shattering breakup, she’s determined not to let anyone at her new workplace push her around–least of all the brooding creative director, a “bad boy of publishing” who’s made it clear she’s enemy #1. Sebastian Quinn’s taste for fast cars, late nights, and beautiful women may have gotten him to the top of a leading New York magazine, but the reputation that made him is suddenly threatening to end his career. Georgina can help Modern Man shed its bad reputation, but in order to do that, she’ll have to start at the top–and no amount of rakish charm or inconvenient attraction will distract her. Because if Sebastian gets her right where he wants her, it means she’s going down.
It was Amy’s turn to pick a buddy review for this month and she’s chosen this book so I’ll be reading it and I’ve also been hearing good things about it so I’m looking forward to diving right in. Woot! What books are on your TBR pile for January? Anything good that I should keep my eye out on?Please share the books you have on deck to read next month.

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Book Boyfriend: Dallas Walker from Wait for It by Mariana Zapata

Posted December 21, 2018 by Rowena in Books, Features | 10 Comments

This feature keeps changing because I’m trying different things out but I think I’m going to stick with this format from here on out. Thanks for coming along this ride until I figure out what the hell I want to do here. LOL. Book Boyfriend: Dallas Walker from Wait for It by Mariana ZapataWait for It
by Mariana Zapata
Published by Mariana Zapata on December 7, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Point of View:First Person
Pages: 670
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Add It: Goodreads
four-half-stars

If anyone ever said being an adult was easy, they hadn't been one long enough. Diana Casillas can admit it: she doesn't know what the hell she's doing half the time. How she's made it through the last two years of her life without killing anyone is nothing short of a miracle. Being a grown-up wasn't supposed to be so hard. With a new house, two little boys she inherited the most painful possible way, a giant dog, a job she usually loves, more than enough family, and friends, she has almost everything she could ever ask for. Except for a boyfriend. Or a husband. But who needs either one of those?

As we close out the year, I’ve been thinking back on the books that I’m reading and the characters that have wormed their way into my heart over the year and Dallas Walker is definitely a part of my favorites list. I loved that he was mysterious and sexy and broody and just everything that I love in a hero. I loved the dedication he showed with the boys, the baseball team and the patience he had with what he was feeling for Diana. There were loads of complications between him and Diana and he took the time to make things right before he took that step with her. The slow burn was real in this one because Dallas made Diana wake and seeing them become friends before moving further was a treat. Dallas was a protector and caring man that came into both Louie and Josh’s lives. I loved that he stuck around to be a father figure to Josh and how he really loved being there for them. He loved helping them and needing them as much as they needed him. Dallas was an overall great guy and just my kind of hero. Diana was lucky to have him but he was also really lucky to have them. What a great guy this one was!
“Don’t put me into that position because I know she”-he tipped his head toward me-“only bites when she has to, and I will always take her side. Are we clear on that?”
This scene right here got me right in my feels. Diana was having a hard time with the parents of the boys on Josh’s new baseball team and Dallas, the coach, got things right this time around. Gah, so freaking good! I feel a re-read coming on. His book is pretty damn good too so if you haven’t read it, you should. Don’t let the length of the novel scare you. I read the entire thing in one sitting, it was that good. The story moves fast and the characters will take up residence in your heart. It’s such a great read and you can read my review of the book with my buddy Ames here. So good, I promise!
Hero Casting
This is who I pictured whenever Zapata described Dallas with his too short haircut, his stocky build, his overall sexiness.
Buy the Book
AMAZON || BARNES & NOBLE || THE RIPPED BODICE
Have you read Wait for It by Mariana Zapata? Did you love Dallas as much as I did? Share your love in the comments!
four-half-stars

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